Toledo River Gang (TRG) located in Toledo, Ohio is a kayak club dedicated to paddling whitewater, flat water, Lake Erie, and other areas by kayak. Toledo River Gang (TRG) was started in the 1970s by people that wanted to have fun and enjoyed being on the water without gas powered motors. TRG members built their boats out of fiberglass sheets, made their own sprayskirts, and used wool clothing to keep warm. Running a river in those days meant being able to paddle from point A to point B without putting a hole in the boat. For those who were not successful, club members hosted “patching parties” to repair boats.
The sport has evolved dramatically during the last few decades. The plastic polymer boats of today are nearly indestructible. “Fuzzy rubber” and fleece have replaced wool and there is a whole industry to support and promote paddling.
The majority of TRG members kayak whitewater, but some members also sea kayak / canoe or paddle all three. Toledo River Gang consists of a great group of people who share one common interest: to have fun and paddle.
Members paddle whenever they can, wherever there is water. Locally, the Maumee, Huron, Portage and Sandusky Rivers are popular kayaking destinations. Springtime trips take place on Slippery Rock Creek in Pennsylvania. Summertime fun can be found at the East Race, the man-made course in South Bend, Indiana. Longer weekend trips usually involve camping. Rivers can include the Youghiogheny in Pennsylvania, the New, the Meadow, the Cheat, the Tygart and the Gauley in West Virginia, the Ocoee and Clear Creek in Tennessee, the Nantahala in North Carolina and the Chattooga in South Carolina. Club members have participated in week-long summer trips to rivers in Oregon, Colorado and Maine.